Pelosi to Step Down From House Democratic Leadership Roles
She has led the House Democrats for two decades
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the face of House Democrats for two decades and the first woman to serve in the post, announced on Thursday that she would leave leadership in January following narrow election losses that cost Democrats their majority, but will remain in Congress.
Pelosi, the Californian who twice led Democrats to power in the House and has been a central figure in the major legislative accomplishments of the Obama and Biden administrations, announced her plans in a midday floor speech on the House floor, a day after Republicans clinched control of the chamber.
"For me, the hour's come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I so deeply respect," she said. "And I am grateful that so many are ready and willing to shoulder this awesome responsibility."
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